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PublishedNovember 23, 2021

CoCO2 holds first General Assembly

The ECMWF-coordinated Copernicus CO2 (CoCO2) project to build a prototype system to monitor anthropogenic CO2 emissions worldwide held its first General Assembly from 16 to 18 November.

The EU-funded CoCO2 feeds into an anthropogenic CO2 emissions Monitoring and Verification Support Capacity (CO2MVS) that is being developed as part of the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) operated by ECMWF.

CO2MVS will help countries to measure their progress towards meeting their Paris Agreement objectives by combining satellite and ground-based observations with computer modelling.

“The General Assembly showed the enormous progress that was made by all project partners and how the different activities are slowly coming together,” said Richard Engelen, the Project Coordinator of CoCO2 and Deputy Director of CAMS. “It also called for taking a step back to take another look at the bigger picture to meet the requirements of the CO2MVS development.”


CoCO2 General Assembly

The General Assembly was held online and was attended by more than 100 attendees on the first day and by about 75 on the second and third day.

The first day focused on the progress of the various work packages, showing the wealth of results that were already achieved during the first ten months.

The second day was used for discussions about the requirements of the models and data assimilation systems. These include detailed prior information on underlying emissions and lateral flows of carbon, such as crops harvested in one country and used in another.

This was followed by invited presentations about related activities in Japan, the USA and Switzerland. The final day brought information about some related projects (VERIFY and ICOS Cities), outcomes of COP26, and feedback from the project advisers.

All presentations are available on the CoCO2 website.